Harvey Gap State Park
Garfield County, northeast of Rifle
Fishing is a favorite activity at Harvey Gap State Park, where the reservoir of 190 surface acres is open to canoes and boats with motors of 20 horsepower or less. Catfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, perch, crappie, rainbow trout and northern pike can be found in its waters. Ice fishing is available in the winter when conditions permit.
The lake sits at an elevation of 6,500 feet with shady cottonwood trees on the lakefront. The Grand Hogback, the ridge that marks the edge of the Rocky Mountains, runs along the south end of the reservoir.
Waterfowl frequent the area as well.
Harvey Gap also offers shaded picnic tables by the water and a swim beach. It is a day-use area, but camping overnight is available at neighboring Rifle Falls State Park and Rifle Gap State Park (LINKS) just a few miles away. Rifle Falls, Rifle Gap and Harvey Gap share offices. No pets are permitted in the park.
Harvey Gap State Park office
5775 Colorado 325
Rifle, CO 81650
Park hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Boaters and anglers have 24-hour access.
Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (at Rifle Gap). Weekends vary.